Raksha Bandhan celebrations

Aug 21, 2013, 09:26 AM IST
A woman, shops for
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A woman, shops for "Rakhi," a sacred thread, ahead of Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan" in Ahmedabad.

A widow ties a
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A widow ties a "rakhi" on the wrist of Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh Intenational, a non-governmental organization to mark the Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan," in Varanasi.

A Hindu holy man seeks blessing of Jamuna Devi, 85, a widow after she tied a
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A Hindu holy man seeks blessing of Jamuna Devi, 85, a widow after she tied a "rakhi" on his wrist to mark the Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan," in Varanasi.

A widow, second left, gestures after tying a
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A widow, second left, gestures after tying a "rakhi" on the wrist of Bindeshwar Pathak, right, the founder of the Sulabh Intenational, a non-governmental organization to mark the Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan," in Varanasi.

Girls shop for
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Girls shop for "Rakhi," a sacred thread, on Raksha Bandhan festival in Jammu.

Schoolgirls tie rakhis, a sacred thread, on the wrists of Border Security Force soldiers as a symbolic gesture to mark
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Schoolgirls tie rakhis, a sacred thread, on the wrists of Border Security Force soldiers as a symbolic gesture to mark "Raksha Bandhan" festival at the India-Pakistan border area of Suchetgarh in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 27 kilometers from Jammu.

Girls shop for `Rakhis`, a sacred thread tied on the wrists of brothers on Raksha Bandhan festival in Varanasi.
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Girls shop for `Rakhis`, a sacred thread tied on the wrists of brothers on Raksha Bandhan festival in Varanasi.

A woman ties Rakhi or sacred thread on the wrist of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Raksha Bandhan festival in Gandhinagar.
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A woman ties Rakhi or sacred thread on the wrist of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Raksha Bandhan festival in Gandhinagar.